Interview with Sixteen Cities at Generation Arise

Interview with Sixteen Cities at Generation Arise

Got to interview the Christian band Sixteen Cities. Sixteen Cities is all about praising God with their music, and leading others in worshiping Him! Head over to Generation Arise to check out the the three-part interview!

Part 1 – 

Learn about the band – how they got started, the meaning behind their name, and how they have seen God use their music to impact others!

http://generationarise.com/songs-of-worship-with-sixteen-cities-part-1

Part 2 –

Hear all about worship straight from a worship band!

http://generationarise.com/songs-of-worship-with-sixteen-cities-part-2

Part 3 –

For more info on Sixteen Cities’ latest, album, check out Part 3 of Songs of Worship with Sixteen Cities!

http://generationarise.com/songs-of-worship-with-sixteen-cities-part-3

Do you listen to Sixteen Cities’ music? Which is your favorite of their songs?

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Christian Q

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? Have you ever had someone ask you that question, and found it difficult to explain to them clearly what being a Christian is all about?

Simply put, a Christian is someone who has received God’s gift of salvation. A Christian understands that . . .

  • They have done things that are wrong, and the wrong things they have done separated from God. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • No matter how hard they try, they can’t save themselves. We can never be good enough to earn a relationship with God, because He is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect. (Romans 3:10)
  • Jesus took their place. The payment for doing things that are wrong is death. Jesus took our place, and died for us. Because He did that, we can have eternal life – a relationship with God that begins now, and will last forever! (Romans 6:23,
    John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • God offers us salvation as a free gift. When someone gives you a gift, you reach out and take it! God offers the gift of salvation to each of us. We simply need to receive it! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, this is what that decision meant. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation yet, accept it today!

Aren’t sure where to begin? Simply tell God that you know you’re an sinner, and can’t save yourself. Tell Him you want Jesus to be your Savior, and that you receive His gift of forgiveness and salvation. It’s as simple as that!

Check out this video from my other site, Generation Arise!

How Does God See Me?

How Does God See Me

Sometimes, we view ourselves in a very different manner than God views us. We can’t seem to see past our mistakes, our failures, our problems, our imperfections – all the ways in which we fall short. Is this really what God sees? What if we could begin to see ourselves through His eyes? How would the way we view ourselves begin to change? It’s time we ask ourselves the question “How does God see me?”

How does God see us? Check out these verses to discover the answer!

In His sight, we are precious and honored. He loves us! (Isaiah 43:4)

He calls us chosen, holy, and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)

If we have faith in Christ, then He sees us as righteous. (Philippians 3:9)

When He looks at us, He sees His sons and daughters. (1 John 3:1)

This is who He sees when He looks at you – a precious, honored, chosen, holy, righteous, and loved child of His! Begin to see yourself in this light!

Black and White in a World of Gray

Black and White In A World of Gray

People in this world believe many different things. Dozens of view points can be found on any given issue – political, moral, religious, or otherwise.  Opinions on a variety of significant subjects are becoming more and more diverse. In spite of this diversity of opinion, no one wants to state or even imply that someone else could possibly be wrong. After all, what’s right for me may not be right for you! To many, it appears that the truth is a very subjective thing. Yet there are some things that simply are the truth, whether popular or not.

In spite of the current philosophy that truth is subjective, truth does exist, in its full shades of black and white. Though we may seem to live in an age of gray, where anything goes, truth isn’t dead. It is still very much alive, and it impacts us, whether we like it or not.

So you admit that truth does exist. Deep down, you’re tired of all the wishy-washiness of everyone around you. You want to know that you know what’s real, what’s right, and what isn’t. How are you ever to discover the truth in a world of wavering opinion?

Ultimately, there’s only one place to turn for truth – God’s Word!

The Word is God-breathed. It is inspired by Him (2 Tim 3:16). It’s words are the words of the One who created the world around us, and everything with it. He was there from the very beginning. He gave being to all we can see. Don’t you think He would know the truth from the lies? And don’t you think the words He speaks to us would therefore be true? His Word presents truth in it’s true hues, beyond the gray in which our society is entrenched.

The truth doesn’t cease to be the truth just because you refuse to believe it. What God’s Word says is true, whether or not you want to accept what you find in it. Believe it or not, the Bible speaks – either directly or indirectly – to many of the key issues we face on a daily basis. If you search its pages, you will find answers!

When you discover the truth as set forth in God’s Word, don’t be afraid to stand up for it! You don’t have to go after everyone you encounter who believes something different, but don’t be intimidated by them into believing lies. And don’t let opposing opinions of others keep you from standing up for the truth when you are in a position to do so.  Dare to be different, relying on God and His Word to discover the truth, for black and white do still exist, even in a world of gray!

The Greatest Love Of All

The Greatest Love Of All C&C

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Valentine’s is all about love. We buy gifts – flowers, candy, and more – for the ones we love. We give out valentines with messages of friendship and love to those who are special to us. On this day celebrating love, let’s take time to remember and give thanks for the greatest love of all – God’s love for us!

God’s love is greater than any other love we’ll ever encounter. He showed just how much He loves us by performing the greatest act of love ever to be done. He sent His own Son to give His life for us, taking our punishment for the wrong things we’ve done, so that we could have a relationship with Him!

Everything Jesus suffered – ridicule, beating, a crown of thorns shoved upon His head, nails being driven through His hands and feet, crucifixion, a spear jab through His side – it was all for us. The extent of what He bore on our behalf shows just how extreme His love for us really is. This kind of love has no comparison!

This Valentine’s Day, thank God for His incredible love for you! Want to dive deeper into understanding His affection for you? He’s left many love notes scattered throughout His Word for you to find! To help you discover them, check out the Love Notes From God devotional, which takes scriptures about God’s love, turns them into love note form, and breaks down what they reveal about God’s love. To purchase the pdf file of Love Notes From God, click here!

Wising you all a blessed and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day C&C

Your Mistakes Can’t Keep God From Loving You!

mistakes

Have you ever wondered how God can love you in spite of the mistakes you make? Do you feel as if all the times you’ve messed up surely must make Him love you less? Like your failings somehow separate you from His affection?

Guess what?!? It’s not true! God doesn’t require you to be perfect for Him to love you. There’s only one person He ever expected perfection from, and that’s Jesus! He didn’t send His Son to save those who had it all together. He sent Him to save those who had messed up – those who knew that they didn’t have it all figured out. Need proof? Look up Matthew 9:13, which says that he didn’t come to call those who were righteous, but rather that He came to call sinners! Or what about Romans 5:6, which says that it was for the ungodly that He died?

Do you want to know the reason God gave us all the rules in His Word? Not so that we could struggle to be good enough to become right with God, but rather to show us that we weren’t perfect, so that we’d know we needed someone to save us (Romans 3:20). God poured out His wrath and the punishment for our sin on Jesus. Now, He promises to never be angry with or rebuke us again (Isaiah 54:9). In fact, He no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 8:12). If He no longer remembers them, how can they keep Him from loving us?

If you’ve received Jesus as your Savior, know that you are God’s child. He loves you, and cares about you very much. He always will, regardless of your actions. Stop beating yourself up over your mistakes, and accept your Heavenly Father’s love for you!

Are You A Dried Out Sponge?

Sponge

Love Others.

It’s what we are supposed to do. It’s what we have been told to do over and over. It’s what God’s Word tells us to do. Why do we so often fail in doing so?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 lists all the different things love is and does. It’s patient. It’s kind. It doesn’t envy. It never boasts. It isn’t proud. It isn’t rude or selfish. It isn’t made angry easily, and it doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. It doesn’t delight in evil, but it does rejoice with the truth. It protects, trusts, and hopes. It never ever gives up. It does not fail. It other words, it is practically perfect on a continual basis!

Think about your actions over the past 24 hours. Did you exemplify all of these character traits unfailingly, without the slightest mess up? Of course not! None of us can.

When we try and try on our own to love others, we will never wholly succeed. Us trying to love others in our own strength is like squeezing a dried out sponge. No matter how hard you may squeeze it, nothing is going to come out, because there’s nothing in it!

We don’t have anything on our own to give to others. Only when we are filled with God’s love do we have anything to give out! What if the dry sponge we were talking about were dropped into a dishpan full of water, and allowed to sit theree, absorbing the water? What would happen afterwards when you squeezed it? Water would come out! Because it had spent time soaking water in, there was something in it that could come out!

In a similar manner, the only way to successfully show love to others is to spend time soaking in God’s love for you! Receive His love. Read about it in His Word. Spend time meditating on it. Ask Him to give you a fresh revelation of it. Once you have absorbed your Heavenly Father’s love, you will have something to give out to those around you. You will be able to love others effectively because you have been filled with God’s affection for you!

Are you a dried out sponge? Allow God to fill you with His love. Spend time soaking in His affection, so you have something to offer to those around you!

God’s Amazing Grace

God's Amazing Grace

How do you view Christianity? What do you think it means to be a Christian?  So often it seems like it’s about following a bunch of rules. Do this. Don’t do that. Try your hardest to be good enough for God to love and accept you. Do your best to earn approval. We try, and we fail. We try, and we fail again. Some of us eventually give up, wondering what’s the point if our greatest efforts are never going to be enough for us to make the cut anyway.

Do you ever feel like this? Be introduced to amazing grace!

For most people, grace is a puzzle that seems impossible to grasp. How could a perfect God want us to come to Him just as we are, when we’re so imperfect? How could He love us in spite of the mistakes we make? How can He accept us when we mess up so often?

That’s where grace comes in. Jesus gave His life to pay for the wrong things we have done. Because of this,our sins have been washed away, and God not only doesn’t give what we do deserve, but gives us His blessings and favor that we don’t deserve. We don’t have to do anything to earn it. We just need to believe in what Jesus did for us, and receive it. No catch. No other qualifications.

Doesn’t this sound better than trying to be good enough for God to approve of you? Stop trying to earn His acceptance, and start receiving His amazing grace!

What Does God’s Word Have To Say About Love?

God's Word Love

Valentine’s Day is coming up – a day that’s all about love! What does God’s Word have to say about love? Check this out!

Definition of love – God loved us, and sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins.
(1 John 4:10)

Why we love – Because God first loved us! (1 John 4:19)

Proof that God loves us – Christ died for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)

The measure of God’s love It reaches to the heavens! (Psalm 36:5)

What God’s love prompted Him to do – Give His Son for us (John 3:16). Make us alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

What can separate us from His love  Nothing! (Romans 8:38-39)

Words that describe God’s love – Unshakable (Isaiah 54:10). Unfailing (Psalm 36:7). Everlasting (Jeremiah 31:3).

God’s Acceptance Of You Isn’t Based On Your Perfection!

Perfection

Do you ever feel the need to be perfect? Does it seem like there’s this standard you have to measure up to? Do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you just end up falling short?

The world around us can sometimes make us feel like we must constantly strive for perfection, and no matter what we do, we just can’t seem to measure up. Sometimes, this mindset can carry over into our relationship with God. Maybe you think that He expects perfection of you, and that when you fall short, He’s disappointed and angry with you. Perhaps you feel that for Him to love and accept you, you must live up to a certain standard. If so, know that this is not the case!

God doesn’t love you because of who you are, or what you do. He loves you of who He is – because He made you, and He is love (1 John 4:19). Even when you mess up, He still cares about you in a way that no one else can. He accepts you not because you are a good person, but because at the cross, Jesus gave His life for your sins so that you could be made right with Him.

God’s love for you is unconditional. Know that His acceptance isn’t based on you achieving perfection. Believe that He cares about you!